Top clubs keep an eye on Wednesday striker

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SCOUTS from top clubs have been flocking to Hillsborough matches, Gary Megson has revealed.

The Owls manager is unaware of the reason for their interest - but it seems likely to centre on Gary Madine, the 21-year-old striker who has scored more goals in the Football League than anyone else this season.

“We know what clubs are coming and how often,” said Megson, who regards it as normal for Premier League outfits to assess on-form players and emerging talent.

“When I was at Bolton, Arsenal watched every game for about two years; that would have been about Gary Cahill,” he added.

“There are a lot of scouts coming here from bigger clubs. I’ve been in that position myself; we used to send people over to watch Mark Beevers and Tommy Spurr.”

Owls fans may fear that 11-goal Madine is doing so well that a club from a higher division may try to prise him away in January. But Megson says that Wednesday have to be more interested in accumulating players such as Madine rather than selling them.

“If we are to go forward we have to act like a bigger club than we are status wise, and we do. Gary’s contract runs for quite a while.

“He seems to be happy and he’s doing very well. We’ve got no worries about that. We need to be signing that kind of player.”

Madine, who is under contract for another three years and nine months, says: “At the minute I just want to get Sheffield Wednesday promoted. Realistically, we shouldn’t be in this league.

“I’m very happy. I’m loving the area and everything to do with the club. Long may it continue.

“I’ve got to take each step as it comes. If I can keeping scoring, hopefully it will get us out of this league. That makes me a Championship player, then if I can do the same again, who knows?”